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					   PRESCHOOL MINISTRY
 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


        Including, but not limited to …

             Sunday School
           Mothers Day Out
        Vacation Bible School
             Special Events




(Your Church Name Here)
      (Your Church Address Here)
Dear Friend,

We thank God for preschoolers and the opportunity we have to teach them at church. We want
them to feel loved, and have happy church experiences as they grow. We take seriously our
privilege and responsibility to provide quality Bible-teaching and quality care in a clean and safe
learning environment at church.

We have compiled this Policies and Procedures Manual to provide information and clarification
concerning the programs and ministries for preschool age children. These guidelines are not
intended to be restrictive but rather to enhance and improve our ministry.

Please read this manual carefully and cooperate with us in this effort. If you have questions and
suggestions, please feel free to call us.

Our prayer is that you and your family will have many joy-filled and rewarding experiences
through your involvement in the preschool ministry of (Your Church Name Here).

Sincerely,

Pastor




                                             ~ Acknowledgements ~
Acknowledging that ―God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He
created them.‖ (Gen. 1:27), for the sake of consistency and clarity of this manual, references to preschoolers as he,
his or him are to be understood as non-gender specific and intend to be interpreted by the reader as male and female
in application.

References to Children’s Driector in this manual are meant to refer to the person filling that position or the volunteer
or part time church approved designee responsible for preschool ministry.

First Adopted: June 1, 2008

Revised: Not yet applicable

(Your Church Name Here), has established and approved this Policies and Procedures Manual with the sole
intention and purpose of establishing policies and procedures applicable to its ministry to Preschoolers and their
families based on its unique needs and requirements. These policies reflect the principles and convictions of (Your
Church Name Here), and should not be reproduced as a template for any other program as individual needs and
policies will vary.
                                                               Table of Contents
Mission Statement ........................................................................................................................................ 4

Purpose of Our Preschool Ministry ............................................................................................................... 4

Our Activity-Based Teaching Approach ........................................................................................................ 5

   Curriculum................................................................................................................................................. 5

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS .......................................................................................................... 6

   SUNDAY MORNING ................................................................................................................................... 6

   MOTHERS DAY OUT .................................................................................................................................. 6

   Parent/Child Dedication............................................................................................................................ 6

General Policies............................................................................................................................................. 7

Playground Policies ....................................................................................................................................... 8

Health Policies ............................................................................................................................................... 9

Infectious Disease Policy ............................................................................................................................. 10

Hygiene Policies .......................................................................................................................................... 11

   Diaper Changing Procedure* .................................................................................................................. 12

   Body Fluids Spill Procedure ..................................................................................................................... 13

Room Cleaning Procedure .......................................................................................................................... 14

   Washing and Disinfecting Toys ............................................................................................................... 15

   End of Session Clean-Up ......................................................................................................................... 15

Safety .......................................................................................................................................................... 16

Handling Accidents/Injuries ........................................................................................................................ 17

Security ....................................................................................................................................................... 17

   Security Cards ......................................................................................................................................... 17

   Why do we need Security Cards? ........................................................................................................... 17

   Procedure................................................................................................................................................ 18



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   Additional Security Measures ................................................................................................................. 18

Child Abuse Policy ....................................................................................................................................... 19

Parent Responsibilities................................................................................................................................ 19

   Before Coming to Church ........................................................................................................................ 20

   Arriving at Your Child’s Room ................................................................................................................. 20

   Calling for Your Child............................................................................................................................... 21

   Tips and Suggestions ............................................................................................................................... 21

Promotion ................................................................................................................................................... 22

Teacher-Child Ratios ................................................................................................................................... 22

Guidelines for Discipline ............................................................................................................................. 23

   To avoid basic discipline problems ......................................................................................................... 24

Policies for Teachers ................................................................................................................................... 25

   Volunteer Teachers ................................................................................................................................. 25

   Employed Teachers ................................................................................................................................. 25

   Training ................................................................................................................................................... 25

   Nursery/Preschool Teacher Expectations & Responsibilities ................................................................. 26

   Nursery/Preschool Department Director ............................................................................................... 27

   Youth Helpers.......................................................................................................................................... 28

   YOUTH HELPERS FOR CHILD CARE (Provisional) ..................................................................................... 28

Greeters ...................................................................................................................................................... 29

Screening Procedures for Teachers ............................................................................................................ 30

ACCIDENT/INJURY REPORT FORM .............................................................................................................. 31

0-2 INformation .......................................................................................................................................... 32

3-5 INformation .......................................................................................................................................... 32

SIGN IN SHEET ............................................................................................................................................. 33



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END OF SESSION CLEAN UP .................................................................................................................... 37

FOOD ALLERGY LIST ................................................................................................................................ 38




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                             MISSION STATEMENT
  The Preschool Ministry of (Your Church Name Here) exists to provide a secure,
    nurturing environment for preschoolers where biblical truths are taught as a
                   foundation for salvation and Christian living.




           PURPOSE OF OUR PRESCHOOL MINISTRY
   “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52, NIV)

Our goals for the growth of preschoolers are based on the fact that preschoolers grow just as Jesus
grew – mentally (in wisdom), physically (in stature), socially/emotionally (in favor with man), and
spiritually (in favor with God).

Therefore we seek to:

      Lay a strong spiritual foundation in the life of each preschooler we teach, with the
       hope that when older, each child will accept Christ as Savior.

      Help preschoolers begin to understand
           o God is creator, giver of all good things;

           o Jesus is God’s Son and our best friend; and the

           o Bible is the true, special book that tells about God and Jesus.

      Make church a happy, clean, and safe place to learn Bible truths.

      Provide activity-based teaching, which includes Bible-learning activities that allow
       preschoolers to make progress in problem solving, sharing, expressing themselves in
       appropriate ways, thinking of others with kindness, and learning to love others as
       themselves.

      Partner with the home in nurturing the spiritual growth of the young child.

      Encourage parents/guardians to actively participate in worship, Bible study,
       fellowship, and ministry opportunities.




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       OUR ACTIVITY-BASED TEACHING APPROACH
Preschoolers are children from birth through Kindergarten. They can be described in one word:
ACTIVE! They are constantly exploring their environment and actively learning. Because
preschoolers are always learning, we are always teaching. Preschoolers need to be challenged with
activities for which they are ready and which help them grow as Jesus grew – in body, mind, and
spirit.

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 instructs adults to teach children as they go about the everyday, familiar
activities of life. This biblical principle is implemented at church as we utilize all or some of the
following Bible teaching activities for all age levels of preschoolers: Books, Puzzles, Art, Blocks,
Home Living, Dramatic Play, Nature, and Music. Each activity is planned to help children learn a
Bible truth. The active involvement of Christian teachers is essential; otherwise the children’s play
has no spiritual purpose. The teacher uses Bible phrases, verses, stories, pictures, songs, and Bible
conversation at appropriate times so children can relate the Bible truth to what they are doing. In
this way preschoolers learn that the Bible has meaning for daily living.

God seeks to make Himself known to persons of all ages through whatever means they can
become more aware of Him. God designed preschoolers to learn through: Play, Imitation,
Relationships, Curiosity, Senses, Satisfaction, Repetition, and Hands-On Experience.

Activity teaching, planned by intentional teachers, allows preschoolers to learn in the ways God
intended.



                                      CURRICULUM
We commit to having curriculum that is doctrinally and educationally sound -- planned for the
growth and development of preschoolers from birth through Kindergarten. Curriculum for each
preschool session is activity based and maintains a consistent teaching philosophy for all our
church’s preschool programs. Sunday School, Discipleship and Mission Friends all provide
learning experiences based on our eight biblical concept areas: God, Jesus, Bible, Self, Family,
God’s Creation, Church, Community and World.




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              OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS


                                   SUNDAY MORNING
                                           Sunday School

                     Departments for Preschoolers, Babies – Kindergarten

                                          Worship Service

      Babies through kindergarten remain in their Sunday School rooms during the worship service.




                                  MOTHERS DAY OUT
Two days during the year. Call (your phone number here)for information. Will be held near Mother’s Day
                     and Christmas (so you moms can get some shopping done )




                          PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION
Usually the parent/child dedication ceremony takes place during the morning worship hour. This is
 a time for parents to publicly express their commitment to raising their child in a Christ centered
 home as they lay spiritual foundations that will one day make it possible for their child to accept
Jesus as Savior. This ceremony also gives the church family the opportunity to show their support
 for the parents in this most important task. Arrangements for the ceremony are made through the
                                         Children’s Director.




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                            GENERAL POLICIES
1. Preschool facilities will open for receiving children 15 minutes prior to regular church-
   wide activities and services.

2. Preschoolers must be brought to their room by a parent or adult guardian, and will only be
   released to the parent or adult guardian who presents the Security Card.

3. A parent should come for his/her child immediately following the service or function. This
   prevents children becoming upset when they have to wait too long and also shows respect
   for the child’s teachers.

4. To avoid congestion in the Preschool Area, it is recommended that only one parent deliver
   and pick up the child from his/her room.

5. Preschoolers may be brought to the preschool room only when the person bringing them is
   attending a church function.

6. For the safety of our preschoolers and to provide the best teaching environment, only
   preschoolers and approved teaching personnel are permitted in preschool rooms.

7. Under no circumstances are children to be left in the Preschool Area unattended at any
   time.

8. In order to provide safety and enable teachers to provide activities that meet the needs of
   preschoolers, the use of the Preschool Area and equipment is limited to preschoolers.
   (Preschool rooms and furnishings are not multi-age appropriate.)

9. Supplies and/or equipment may not be added or removed from preschool rooms without
   consultation from a Pastor or Children’s Director.

10. For the safety of our preschoolers and the liability protection of our adults, at least two
    (2) teachers should be in the room with preschoolers during any given session. (The Two
    Adult Rule is a recommended safeguard from church insurance companies.)




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                       PLAYGROUND POLICIES
1. The playground is located adjacent to the top parking lot. It is fenced and only accessible
   through a locked gate.

2. The playground is designed for children up to age 10.

3. Adult supervision is required for children using the playground at any time. (The ―Two
   Adult Rule‖ applies for use during church activities.)

4. For the safety of preschoolers, broad age-groups of children may not use the playground at
   the same time during scheduled church activities. [Younger preschoolers (up to age 3) are
   allowed on the playground at times when older children (ages 4 to 7) are not present and
   only when accompanied by a teacher or authorized adult.]

5. Older children (ages 11 and up) and teens may not ―play‖ on playground equipment.

6. No rough play or misuse of equipment will be permitted.

7. The playground may be used only during daylight hours.

8. A sign posted in plain view reads:

          Equipment designed for children up to age 10.

          Adult supervision required.

          Not responsible for injuries.

9. Damaged equipment and other hazards should be reported immediately to a Pastor or
   Lay Leader.




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                             HEALTH POLICIES
1. For the protection of all children and adults at church, parents are requested not to bring a
   child who appears to be ill.

   The Committee on Control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics
   recommends a child should not be taken from home when any of the following exists:

          Fever – currently or within the previous 24 hours (without medication).

          Vomiting or diarrhea.

          Any symptom of a childhood disease such as scarlet fever, German measles,
           mumps, chicken pox, or whooping cough.

          Common cold – from the onset through one week.

          Sore throat.

          Croup.

          Any unexplained rash.

          Any skin infection – boils, ringworm, impetigo.

          Pink eye or other eye infection.

2. A parent will be notified if a child develops illness during preschool activities. The child
   will be separated from other children and the parent/guardian called to remove the sick
   child.

3. No oral medication will be given to a preschool child except by a parent or guardian.
   (All medication should remain in the parent’s possession.)

4. If a child contracts a childhood disease following a session in a preschool department,
   parents should notify the Children’s Director so that other parents and teachers may be
   informed.

5. Parents should report any allergies and special needs to the department director.

6. All toys used by young preschoolers are washed and sanitized before, during, and after
   each teaching session.




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                      INFECTIOUS DISEASE POLICY
Believing we have a biblical mandate to minister to all people, the occasion may arise when we are
called to respond to the health care needs of children with serious diseases including, but not
limited to, Hepatitis-B, HIV and Tuberculosis.

Parents or guardians of children with these types of health concerns are expected to inform the
Children’s Director. (All information and records, whether publicly or privately maintained, that
identify a person with AIDS virus infection shall be strictly confidential.) At the discretion of the
Children’s Director, a committee may be formed to review individual cases of infectious disease
for the protection of all those involved. If the parent or guardian does not agree to disclosure as
necessary, the Children’s Director may work with the family to see that home ministry is provided
as resources allow.

After review and consultation with professional medical personnel (and legal, if deemed
necessary), teachers and caregivers will be instructed in the universal precautions and procedures
for hygiene (appropriate for the particular disease) and will be expected to follow them.




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                                HYGIENE POLICIES
Maintaining a germ-free environment is a top priority. Because hands are the main carriers of
germs, we enforce a strict hand washing policy for all caregivers. Teachers or Caregivers should
wash hands* …

   1. Upon arrival into the preschool room or before beginning a teaching assignment outside the
      room.

   2. Before preparing, serving, or eating food.

   3. Before and after feeding infants or children.

   4. After using or helping a child use the toilet.

   5. After every diaper change.

   6. After removal of disposable gloves.

   7. After contact with body fluids (such as spit up, nasal discharge, tears, saliva, urine, stool,
      blood or vomitus).

   8. After handling soiled items.



Infants and Children should wash hands* …

   1. Before preparing, handling, or eating food or snacks.

   2. After every diaper change.

   3. After using the toilet.

   4. After contact with body fluids.

*According to the Center for Disease Control, the proper method to wash hands is to wet them, rub
soap into lather and rub hands together for 15 seconds. Rinse. The faucet should be turned off with
a paper towel after drying your hands.




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                  DIAPER CHANGING PROCEDURE*
1. Gather all necessary items.

2. Lay child on a strip of changing paper (wax paper).

3. Put on a new pair of disposable gloves for every diaper change.

4. Remove wet/soiled diaper and use wipes or damp paper towels to clean child. (Use only
   wipes provided by parent or wipes labeled hypoallergenic.)

5. Place wipes and diaper in plastic bag or lined trash receptacle with lid.

6. Remove gloves by pulling the glove inside out from the wrist so that all residue remains
   inside the glove.

7. Put on clean diaper.

8. Wash hands with soap and water after each diaper change.

9. For Babies/Ones, record the changing time and indicate ―BM‖ or ―WET‖.

10. CHECK CHILDREN NEAR THE END OF THE SESSION. Send them home dry!

11. Contents of diaper pale to be dumped after every service.

      *NOTE: The same procedure applies to children who are wearing ―Pull-Ups‖.




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                    BODY FLUIDS SPILL PROCEDURE
1. Control bleeding by applying pressure with a clean towel or cloth and care for the injured
   appropriately depending on the severity of the situation.

2. First Aid supplies are located in each classroom and in the kitchen.

3. In order to protect everyone, disposable gloves are to be worn when handling any accident
   involving blood or body fluids.

   This includes:

          Wiping a runny nose.

          Cleaning a cut or scrape.

          Checking a diaper.

          Assisting a child with toileting needs.

          Any time there is a risk of touching blood, vomitus, mucus, urine, or stool.

4. If an emergency prevents the use of gloves, immediately clean the exposed skin with soap
   and water to reduce the possibility of infection.

5. Any teacher with an open wound or lesion will keep it covered until the area has healed.

6. Clean any affected surfaces with disinfectant. (Bleach Solution: 1/4-cup bleach to 1 gallon
   cool water OR 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 quart cool water.)

7. Wash hands, even after wearing gloves.




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                 ROOM CLEANING PROCEDURE
            The primary sanitizer used is a bleach solution, mixed fresh daily.

                      The Center For Disease Control recommends:
                          For bathrooms, diapering areas, etc.:

    ¼ cup bleach to 1-gallon cool water OR 1-tablespoon bleach to 1-quart cool water

                        For disinfecting toys, eating utensils, etc.

    1-tablespoon bleach to 1-gallon cool water OR 1-tsp bleach to 1-quart cool water



1. In rooms with cribs, beds must be stripped of used linens and other items as the children
   leave.

2. Linens, smocks, bibs, burping diapers, blankets, etc. should be laundered after each use.

3. Each bed (including mattresses, rails, and any items attached to the beds such as mobiles,
   mirrors, etc.) should be wiped thoroughly with bleach solution and left to air dry.

4. All equipment such as infant swings, walkers should be washed and sanitized after children
   leave.

5. Mats and vinyl-covered climbing equipment for babies/toddlers should be washed and
   sanitized after each session.

6. Diaper changing surfaces must be sanitized at the end of each session.

7. All toys used by infants or toddlers must be sanitized between uses by individual children
   (see Washing and Disinfecting Toys).

8. Furniture used by older preschoolers should be cleaned weekly or when soiled.

9. Tables and countertops used for food preparation and eating must be sanitized before and
   after using.

10. Toys and equipment used by older preschoolers and not put into their mouths should be
    cleaned at least weekly and when obviously soiled. A soap and water wash followed by
    clear water rinsing and air drying should be adequate. No disinfecting is required. (This
    includes toy dishes, dolls, transportation toys, etc.)




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                     WASHING AND DISINFECTING TOYS
Toys mouthed by a child must be sanitized before another child plays with that toy. When a baby
or toddler finishes playing with a toy, teachers should retrieve it from the play area and put it in a
bin reserved for dirty toys. (This bin should be out of children’s reach.) Toys can be washed at a
convenient time and then transferred to a bin for clean toys and safely reused.

   1. To wash and disinfect a hard plastic toy:

              Scrub the toy in warm, soapy water.

              Use a brush to reach into the crevices.

              Rinse the toy in clean water.

              Immerse the toy in a mild bleach solution and allow it to soak for 10-20 minutes.

              Remove the toy from the bleach solution and rinse in cool water.

              Air dry.

   2. Children in diapers should have only washable toys.

   3. Stuffed toys and those not easily washed and sanitized should not be used for any session.

   4. Toys too large to immerse in water must be washed and sanitized by wiping.

   5. Toys used outside, on the playground, or inside with sand must be washed before they are
      returned to the Resource Room.

                            END OF SESSION CLEAN-UP
   1. Put away all items, art equipment, and supplies to their designated places.

   2. Make sure all puzzles and items having more than one piece are complete before putting
      them away.

   3. Clean, disinfect, and air dry the tables, chairs, toys, cabinets, sink, etc. (Refer to Room/Toy
      Cleaning procedures.)

   4. Sweep or vacuum any debris.

   5. Furniture and equipment should be arranged according to Sunday School placement. Any
      furniture that was moved should be returned to its designated area at the conclusion of each
      program.

   6. Contents of Diaper Changing Pale to be thrown away every Sunday.

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                                          SAFETY
At (Your Church Name Here), we believe a few simple procedures are a small price to pay
for the safety and security of preschoolers and for the peace of mind of teachers and parents.

   1. Only persons 18 or older may teach in the Preschool Division. (See ―Youth Helpers‖ for
      information regarding teenage teachers).
   2. All preschool rooms should have at least 2 teachers present for any given session. If the
      teachers are related, it is recommended a third non-related teacher be enlisted. (The Two
      Adult Rule reduces the risk of child sexual abuse, and also reduces the risk of false
      accusations of molestation. According to Church Law Today, the legal ramifications are
      that two related individuals are considered as one person, therefore requiring a third,
      unrelated person in the room.)
   3. Nursery workers shall not leave any room unattended at any time for any reason.
   4. Teacher-child ratios should be maintained according to current standards. (See Teacher-
      Child Ratios.)
   5. Because preschool equipment and room furnishings are developmentally specific and age
      specific, only preschoolers may use preschool rooms.
   6. Entry into preschool rooms is limited to preschoolers and their teachers during teaching
      sessions.
   7. Each department door has a window or an open area for teachers to see who is at the door
      and parents to see inside the room. (However, ―peeking‖ in the window should be done
      sparingly! Onlookers unnecessarily upset young children and distract teachers from their
      tasks.)
   8. Names of preschoolers with food allergies will be posted in plain view.
   9. Foods served for tasting activities will be posted to notify parents.
   10. Nursery workers will not feed solid food to infants.
   11. Bottles are to be warmed in a slow cooker if needed. The kitchen microwave is NEVER to
       be used to warm bottles or food that is given to preschoolers.
   12. Bottles, sipper cups and pacifiers MUST be labeled with the child’s name.
   13. Running, shouting, etc. should be reserved for outside play.
   14. Because of the potential danger for eye damage, GLITTER should not be used with
       preschoolers.
   15. Emergency evacuation routes are posted in each preschool room. Other emergency
       procedures will be made available to teachers. In case of fire or other disaster, teachers in
       each room will take preschoolers to the Lower Lot Grass Area. Parents may come for their
       children at the Lower Lot Grass Area.
   16. Emergency phone numbers (fire, police, emergency, ambulance) shall be posted by the
       telephones in the kids rooms.

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   17. Fire Extinguishers are available in the Preschool Hallway and the Kitchen and downstairs
       hallway.
   18. First Aid Kits are located in the Preschool Pantry, Offices, and Classrooms & Kitchen.
   19. Cell phone calls are limited to texting parents otherwise must be turned off during teaching
       sessions.

                   HANDLING ACCIDENTS/INJURIES
   1. In the unlikely event a child is injured seriously, parents will be notified immediately.

   2. If a child sustains a minor injury (i.e., bump, bruise, scrape), parents will be notified when
      the child is picked up.

   3. An Accident/Incident Form will be completed for every accident. These reports will be
      signed and dated by the teachers and parent/guardian, and kept on file. (See
      Accident/Injury Report Form).




                                        SECURITY
                                   SECURITY CARDS
Security Cards are our means of identifying the parents or guardians of children in (Your Church
Name Here)’s Preschool Ministry. The Security Card’s purpose is: (1) to assure parents/guardians
that their child will be released only to the appropriate adult holding the child’s card; and (2) to
enable teachers to be confident they are releasing children to appropriate persons.

                  WHY DO WE NEED SECURITY CARDS?
   1. Teachers cannot know the parents/guardians of every child. Situations in which this is true
      include attendance by guests, infrequent attendees, new or substitute teachers and staff
      changes between Sunday School and Worship. The teacher who met the parent when the
      child arrived may not be in the room when the child leaves.

   2. Non-custodial parent kidnapping and stranger abductions are no longer unheard of in
      churches.

   3. Older siblings, relatives or friends may want to take a child from the room. Whether or not
      this is acceptable to the parent, the teacher should not be responsible for making the
      judgment on releasing the child.



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                                    PROCEDURE
1. Parents/guardians will receive a temporary Security Card bearing your child’s number upon
   arrival at the preschool department door.

2. 1st time guests will be asked to fill out a registration card and receive a folder containing
   the policy and procedures for parents when they check in at the Welcome Center Desk.
   Guests will be escorted to the appropriate room for their child.

3. Parents/guardians will complete the Sign-In Sheet at the door of the school room.

4. When returning for the child, parents/guardians should knock on the door of the preschool
   room and hold the card to the window. A teacher will bring the child to the door and collect
   the Security Card.

5. The child will only be released to the adult bearer of the Security Card.

6. Parents/guardians who misplace the Security Card may be asked to present photo
   identification and signature.

7. Only the Children’s Director or approved designee may make new Security Cards or
   replacement cards.

8. Security Cards will be stored at church until the next scheduled session.

9. Parent Custody/legal guardianship changes must be reported to the Children’s Director.
   (Written legal documentation must be presented and kept on file.)



                 ADDITIONAL SECURITY MEASURES
1. Appointed ushers/deacons patrol the church campus during worship services.

2. The Hallway door entrance will be locked during Worship Services.




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                             CHILD ABUSE POLICY
According to California law, all suspected incidents of child abuse must be reported to:

      The County Department of Children’s Services, or

      The local juvenile court, or

      The local Sheriff/ Police.

The Children’s Director or other ministerial staff should follow these procedures:

   1. Document all efforts at handling the incident.

   2. Report the incident as soon as possible to the church’s insurance company and attorney;
      then follow their professional guidance and recommendations.

   3. Seek help for those involved through the guidance of a Christian Counselor.

   4. Notify the child’s parents, guardians, or teachers if appropriate.

                        PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Teachers at church count it a
privilege to partner with parents in laying foundations for faith in young lives.
Parents can help teachers by observing the following guidelines:

      Become familiar with the Preschool Policies and Procedures. These policies have been
       adopted by our church family and are enforced for the well being of every child in our care.

      Remember that each policy and guideline is based on the desire to provide a safe, secure
       learning environment for your child. If you do not understand the reason for a policy or
       guideline, please ask the Children’s Director, or preschool teacher to discuss it with you.




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                     BEFORE COMING TO CHURCH
1. Remember to label all items (i.e., diaper bags, pacifiers, bottles, cups, toddler snacks, infant
   seats, clothing) with your child’s name.

2. Preschoolers who are being toilet trained need to bring extra changes of clothing in a
   labeled bag. Clothes should be easy to take off and put on.

3. Leave personal toys at home. They make sharing too difficult and may not be appropriate
   for use in teaching. (An infant’s ―security toy or blanket‖ would be an exception.)

4. Bring your child regularly to church. He will feel more secure and eager to enter his room
   when church becomes his established routine.

5. Talk to your child positively about going to church. Use names of your child’s teachers and
   friends in his room when talking about happy times at church.

                 ARRIVING AT YOUR CHILD’S ROOM
1. When bringing your child to a preschool room, please knock at the door and wait for a
   teacher to open the door and greet you and your child with a personal welcome.

2. Give teachers any necessary information about your child. (Allergies, special physical
   needs, feeding and sleeping preferences, etc.) Update the Child Information Sheet as
   needed.

3. You will be given a Security Card, which must be presented when you return for your
   child.

4. Complete the Sign-In Sheet at the door. Be specific about your location in the building so
   teachers can find you quickly in case of an emergency.

5. For the security of our preschoolers and their best teaching environment, parents and
   siblings should not enter the preschool room. (Nursing mothers are an exception.) Traffic
   in and out of the preschool room causes disruptions in teaching and unnecessarily upsets
   young children already in the room.

6. Tell your child you will be back for him, and then leave promptly. Prolonging the goodbye
   only makes separation more difficult for your child. Should your child experience
   prolonged anxiety, teachers will send for you.

Special note to parents of younger preschoolers: If you need to check on your child, ask a
preschool staff person to help you. They can check and give you a report. Your baby is smart
and knows the sound of mother’s voice! If you check on your child yourself after he has settled
in and your child becomes upset because he sees or hears you, please be prepared at that time

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to take your child with you. It may be too difficult for your child to separate from you more
than once.




                        CALLING FOR YOUR CHILD
1. We will use your cell phone as a paging system by sending your cell phone a text message
   if we need you to come back and check on your child for any reason. Please keep your cell
   phone on vibrate as to not disturb the service.

2. When returning for your child, knock at the door, hold your child’s Security Card to the
   window or present it to a teacher, and wait for your child to be brought to you. (Waiting
   outside the door prevents other children from becoming anxious while awaiting their
   parents’ arrival).

3. Your child will only be released to the parent/guardian who presents the Security Card.
   (Your child will not be released to a sibling or another child.)

4. Explain to grandparents, other adult relatives and friends that your child will not be
   released to them unless they present your child’s Security Card.

                           TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
1. If a child has a problem at church, it is better to discuss this with his teachers at a time other
   than Sunday morning. Never discuss a child’s problem in his presence.

2. Parents are encouraged to participate in Parenting Events offered at church throughout the
   year. These may include youth group parent night out, topical studies, workshops,
   conferences, and training sessions for preschool leadership.

3. Use the ―take-home‖ literature provided by preschool programs. These will help you
   continue at home what your child learned at church!




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                                             PROMOTION
At (Your Church Name Here), promotion of children to the next level is based on the Sunday
School year.
Our Sunday School year runs from September through August. On the first Sunday in September,
all toddlers who have turned two years of age by September 30, promote to the next age level.
Nursery – 0 to 2 years
Preschool – 2 to early Kindergarten
Toddlers who turn two years of age after September 30, remain in the Nursery until such time the
Nursery/Preschool Director decides the child can promote (sometime during the school year or the
following September).




                               TEACHER-CHILD RATIOS
Proper teacher/child ratios in each department allow teachers to provide quality learning
experiences and more adequately meet the needs of each individual child. The number of
preschoolers in a department and the ratio of teachers to preschoolers are determined by the age of
the preschoolers. (An additional teacher may be needed for each child with special needs.)

                                                                MAXIMUM                         TOTAL
        AGE                        RATIO                       ENROLLMENT                   (including teachers)

Babies to 2               1 teacher to 3 children                      10                        13 total
3 to Pre-K             1 teacher to 3 preschoolers                     10                        13 total
Kindergarten           1 teacher to 5 preschoolers                     26                        30 total


Sometimes multi-age groupings of preschoolers are needed. Literature/curriculum is available for:

        Babies – 2’s in one room (Ratio—1 to 3; Total Enrollment—10)

        Threes – Kindergarten in one room (Ratio—1 to 4; Total Enrollment—7)

(The Two Adult Rule: At least two adults must be in the room with children at all times.)

(Your Church Name Here)’s standards for teacher/child ratios meet or exceed the recommendations of The National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood
Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE).



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                    GUIDELINES FOR DISCIPLINE
1. Give encouragement freely. It is inspiring. Use criticism sparingly. It is self-defeating.

2. No child will be spanked.

3. Set reasonable limits (consider the child’s age and needs).

4. Be consistent.

5. Accept a child’s feelings that he cannot control; but stop his disruptive or destructive
   behavior.

6. Correct a child’s behavior with love and respect. (If you were in his place, how would you
   want to be corrected?)

7. Avoid embarrassing a child.

8. Do not force a child to say, ―I’m sorry.‖ He may not be sorry. If you force him to say he is
   sorry when he is not, you may be teaching him to lie.

9. Avoid threats.

10. Notice and acknowledge a child’s appropriate behavior. (Spend most of your time this way,
    and you will not need to take much time correcting misbehavior.)

11. Do not force preschoolers to give up toys as a means of teaching sharing. Sharing is
    voluntarily giving something up to another. Require ―taking turns‖ instead.

12. Provide interesting and challenging things to do and reduce the possibility of behavioral
    problems.

13. Give bountiful emotional support to the child who misbehaves. Misbehavior is often a plea
    for help.

14. Let the child learn from the natural or logical consequences of his actions. (If he misuses
    the blocks, he may not play with the blocks for a while.)

15. Help each child feel good about himself. A healthy self-concept is the right of every child
    made in God’s image.




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                TO AVOID BASIC DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS
Maintain the correct teacher-child ratio

Do not exceed recommended enrollment of children for the room

      Plan, Prepare, and Be Ready To Teach.

      Never be late. (The first one in the room is usually in charge!)

      Play quiet music in the room and use a quiet speaking voice

      Avoid ―clutter build-up‖ in the room (too many scattered toys frustrate and overexcite).

      Keep walls pleasantly plain (posters and wall-hangings tend to over-stimulate preschoolers
       in group settings).

      Be friendly-firm (Children need to know you love them and are in charge.)

      Consistently enforce Three Rules:

           ―I (the teacher) will not allow you (the child) to…

               1. Hurt yourself.

               2. Hurt others.

               3. Hurt the things we use in our room.‖




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                         POLICIES FOR TEACHERS
Teachers in the preschool ministry of (Your Church Name Here) play a vital role in laying a
spiritual foundation for young children. All teachers must be professing Christians, men and
women who want to love and nurture preschoolers.

                             VOLUNTEER TEACHERS
Volunteers provide the teaching staff for regular church programs and organizations. To be
considered for a volunteer teacher position, an individual should:

   1. Be coming to (Your Church Name Here) for at least 6 months. (Exceptions must be
      approved by the Children’s Director.)

   2. Submit a Screening Application (when implemented).

   3. Be willing to follow all policies and procedures of the Preschool Ministry.

                              EMPLOYED TEACHERS
Employed teachers may be used at the discretion of the Children’s Director to supplement teaching
staff needs. To be considered for employment, an individual should:

   1. Be coming to (Your Church Name Here) for at least 6 months.

           a. Church attendance is recommended for MDO (Mothers Day Out), although a
              Christian who is a member in good standing of another evangelical church may be
              considered.

   2. Submit an employment application and screening application (when implemented).

   3. Successfully complete an interview with the appropriate supervisor.

   4. Be willing to follow all policies and procedures of the Preschool Ministry.

                                         TRAINING
All preschool teachers (volunteer and employed) will be expected to attend periodic training
sessions each year. For employed teachers, this training is mandatory. Training opportunities are
offered through our church, association (NBA), and state (TBC) and national (SBC) conventions.
Training will help ensure all teachers are well prepared and informed about curriculum, teaching
methods, safety and security procedures, and other important preschool is(name here)s. We also
encourage our teachers to watch child training DVD’s and we encourage teachers to attend our
areas annual Sunday School Convention.

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    NURSERY/PRESCHOOL TEACHER EXPECTATIONS &
                 RESPONSIBILITIES
   Be willing to go through the application process (any insurance required procedures).

   Gather teacher training materials & supplies at least a week before scheduled teaching
    session.

   Prepare ahead, have materials ready to teach BEFORE the first child arrives (a minimum of
    15 minutes before the sessions begins).

   Teach according to the literature/curriculum provided.

   Assist in cleaning the room, both prior and after each teaching session.

   Be sure to let a parent know if a child has been injured or frightened by something while
    in the program.

   Make regular (monthly or quarterly) contact with the families enrolled in your ministry.

   Be responsible to find a substitute, and notify the department director in advance
    (provide teaching plans for the substitute).

   Attend all teacher meetings.

   Participate regularly in both corporate and personal worship & Bible Study.

   Support the work of the church through prayer and faithful service.

   Assist in the Mother’s Day Out Program

   Maintain department Security System (cards/forms).




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    NURSERY/PRESCHOOL DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
   Pray with & for other teachers before each session.

   Greet children and their parents as they arrive.

   Maintain department records.

   Develop a training plan for teachers (with (name here)).

   Enlist teachers & assist in their training with Hillside’s Children Program Director
    ((name here)).

   Lead teachers in regular planning meetings ((notify (name here)).

   Be sure to be familiar with the curriculum being used in the program.

   Assign responsibilities to teachers monthly, setting up the schedule (snack person,
    teacher).

   Coordinate the program, and work closely with (name here), in determining the needs
    of the Nursery/Preschool.

   Work with Leadership team (Pastors) to develop the preschool budget.

   Order necessary curriculum (with Pastors approval).

   Lead in evaluation of the work of the teachers in this division.




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                                 YOUTH HELPERS
   In order to train future teachers, youth (teens) may be enlisted to teach.

   Youth may serve as teachers under the supervision of adult teachers in the department.

 Youth may teach only in departments for preschoolers two years old and older. Youth
    under the age of 18 (defined minors by law).




    YOUTH HELPERS FOR CHILD CARE (PROVISIONAL)
   (Events other than regular church programs).

   Youth (teens) should receive training prior to working with preschoolers and periodic
    training as deemed necessary.

   Youth enlisted for child-care must be approved by the Children’s Director.

   Youth helpers must always be supervised by at least one adult who is present in the same
    room. Youth should never be left alone with the children.

   Youth helpers may only work with preschoolers two years old and up.

   Youth helpers will be expected to follow the policies and procedures for all preschool
    teachers.




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                                    GREETERS
1. Be available to greet members and visitors 20 minutes before the session or service begins.
   Visitors often arrive earlier than members!

2. Wear a nametag.

3. Open outside doors for parents coming from parking lots and offer assistance with
   preschoolers and their belongings.

4. Greet visitors warmly with a smile. Help them feel welcome.

5. Assist with preschoolers who are visiting and secure complete information from the
   parents.

6. Complete an Information/Registration card for them. (Parents will probably have their
   hands full with belongings and children in a strange place!)

       o Record each child’s birth date, and then refer to the current Age/Room List for
         proper room assignment. Briefly tell parent how Security Card is used.

       o If child is under age one, have parent complete a Baby Information Card.

       o Explain about the cell phone paging system.

7. As you walk the family to the child’s room (taking youngest child first) talk about our
   preschool policy that parents are asked to remain outside the door when leaving or picking
   up their child. Help them understand this is for the safety and security of their child as well
   as others already in the room.

8. Knock at the department door and briefly introduce the child and his parents to the teacher.
   Help parents to make the break quickly from the child. Assure the parent that their child
   will be fine but if the child should be overly upset we will send for them.

9. Ask parents to complete the Sign In Sheet by the door. (This will help us locate them
   quickly in case of emergency.)

10. Tell parents again how happy we are to have them with us today!

11. Follow-up: Complete a Registration/Information card for the child’s teacher and slip it
    under the door. (Encourage teachers to call, send a card, or visit the family within the
    week.)




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          SCREENING PROCEDURES FOR TEACHERS
In recent years, news stories of violence and abusive conduct toward children by adults have been
shocking. Child sexual abuse seems to be increasingly in the headlines. It leads us to the obvious
question, ―Could something like that happen here at (Your Church Name Here)?‖

We believe preventive measures help to avoid problems down the road. In addition to the simple,
effective policies and procedures already in place, we recommend a screening process for all those
who work with minors* (preschoolers through senior high). The screening process should include
an application form to be completed by all volunteers for any position involving the supervision or
custody of minors and by all church employees who will have contact with minors in church
facilities or on church sponsored activities.

The implementation of a screening process will help our church family provide a safe and secure
environment for all boys and girls who participate in our ministries and use our facilities. The
screening process will help our church work as a team toward a common goal of being proactive
rather than reactive. We want to protect children from sexual abuse or child molestation by
employees or volunteers in this church and to protect employees and volunteers from false
accusations. We want our church to be the safest and most loving environment possible for every
child and youth who enters our doors.

* A minor is defined as any child less than 18 years of age.




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               ACCIDENT/INJURY REPORT FORM
Child’s Name: ___________________________________________________________________

Date of Injury: ________________________________ Time of Injury: ______________________

Brief Description of accident/injury: _________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

First Aid Administered: ____________________________________________________________

Parent contacted: ______________________________ Time: _____________________________



Signature (Teachers): ______________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________



Signature (Parent/Guardian): ________________________________________________________

Phone: _________________________________________________________________________

                     Give completed form to the Children’s Director.
                             Copy to parent upon request.



FOLLOW-UP: ___________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________




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        0-3 INFORMATION                                    4-6 INFORMATION
Baby’s Name_______________________________        Child’s Name ______________________________

Address ___________________________________       Address ___________________________________

_________________________________________         _________________________________________

Phone ____________________________________        Phone ____________________________________

Comes to church with:                             Comes to church with:
Name(s) __________________________________        Name(s) __________________________________

Relationship _______________________________      Relationship _______________________________

Location at church __________________________     Location at church __________________________

Feeding Information:                              Snack Information:
What _____________________________________        Allergies? _________________________________

When ____________________________________         I have provided: ____________________________

How much ________________________________         Comments ________________________________

Comments ________________________________         _________________________________________

_________________________________________         Diapering Information:
                                                  I have provided: ___powder, ____ointment,
Diapering Information:
                                                  ____wipes to use when diapering my baby.
I have provided: ___powder, ____ointment,
____wipes to use when diapering my baby.          My child is:

Comments ________________________________           _____beginning to use the toilet.

_________________________________________           _____wears disposable diapers or training pants.

Sleep Information:                                  _____is toilet trained.
Position: ___Back ____Side ____Tummy              Other Information:
When: ____________________________________        Names of other family members: ______________

How long: _________________________________       _________________________________________

Comments ________________________________         Pets: _____________________________________

_________________________________________         Favorite toy or activity: ______________________

Other Information I’d Like You to Know:           Other Information I’d Like You to Know:

_________________________________________         _________________________________________

_________________________________________         _________________________________________

_________________________________________         _________________________________________

Today’s date: _____/_____/_____                   Today’s date: _____/_____/_____
Please give this to the teacher when completed.   Please give this to the teacher when completed.
Thanks!                                           Thanks!

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                       SIGN IN SHEET
                     (Your Church Name Here),           Date:__________________

      Child’s Name    Parent’s First & Last Name   Who Will Pick Up Child

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POSTERS
        Your Child’s Safety is our #1 PRIORITY!
                   CHECK IN PROCEDURE
1)   1st time guests fill out a registration card at the welcome
     desk.
2)   Your cell phone will be used as a pager. Verify that your
     cell phone number is current.
3)   We will text you if your child should need your assistance
     at anytime during the service. If your phone does not have
     texting capabilities, we will call you.
4)   Please leave your cell phone on VIBRATE.
5)   For your child’s protection, we do not permit any person
     whom has not completed our orientation process to enter
     the classroom.

                  CHECK OUT PROCEDURE
1)   Return checkout security card.
2)   If security card is missing, parent/guardian MUST provide a
     driver’s license for identification. Our staff member will
     make a photocopy of driver’s license before child is
     released.

            Thank you for your cooperation!
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      Well Baby Nursery
    For the protection of all
children in our care, we cannot
check-in a child with symptoms
           of illness.


       Nursery Snacks
Wheat-free Trader Joe’s O’s or
Vanilla Wafers may be given
out during your child’s class.
  Please inform us of any
   allergies or concerns.
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DIAPER CHANGING LEDGER



DATE     NAME     TIME   BM   WET




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       END OF SESSION CLEAN UP
o   Put away all items, art equipment, and supplies
    to their designated places.
o   Make sure all puzzles and items having more
    than one piece are complete before putting
    them away.
o   Clean, disinfect, and air dry the tables, chairs,
    toys, cabinets, sink, etc. (Refer to Room/Toy
    Cleaning procedures.)
o   Sweep or vacuum any debris.
o   Furniture and equipment should be arranged
    according to Sunday School placement. Any
    furniture that was moved should be returned to
    its designated area at the conclusion of each
    program.
o   Contents of Diaper Changing Pale to be thrown
    away every Sunday.




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           FOOD ALLERGY LIST

1. ______________________________
2. ______________________________
3. ______________________________
4. ______________________________
5. ______________________________
6. ______________________________
7. ______________________________




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          TEACHERS MUST WASH HANDS


o Upon arrival into the preschool room or before
  beginning a teaching assignment outside the room.
o Before preparing, serving, or eating food.
o Before and after feeding infants or children.
o After using or helping a child use the toilet.
o After every diaper change.
o After removal of disposable gloves.
o After contact with body fluids (such as spit up, nasal
  discharge, tears, saliva, urine, stool, blood or
  vomitus).
o After handling soiled items.




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